President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly appointed the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Bala Ciroma to take the former position of Ibrahim Magu as the new acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu has reportedly moved his personal belongings out of his official residence in Maitama.
Similarly, Magu’s Karu residence in Abuja residence was searched by security operatives on Tuesday evening.
These are connected to the ongoing investigations into allegations of corruption leveled agains him.
It is not clear if the security operatives visited his official residence in Maitama, but information gathered revealed that the suspended EFCC boss has packed his personal properties from the Maitama house
The seven-man presidential panel continues sitting today.
The All Progressives Congress has dissolved its National Working Committee.
The decision was reached at the National Executive Council meeting held on Thursday.
Bashir Ahmad, an aide to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), tweeted, “Following the recommendation of President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been dissolved.” (Punch)
President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected a report alleging that there is genocide against Christians in the country.
In the report, the United Kingdom All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief, a group made up of British parliamentarians, said Christians are being targeted because of their faith in Nigeria.
But in a statement on Friday, Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said Boko Haram insurgents have targeted Christians because they know it drives religious tensions in the country.
Shehu said the Buhari administration is committed to addressing these challenges and has already begun taking measures.
“The president and government of Nigeria wish to thank members of the United Kingdom All-Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom or Belief for their report, launched a few days ago,” he said.
“Although it is difficult reading, the statement also acknowledges the importance of accurate, unbiased, depoliticised and truthful information when it comes to understanding the realities and addressing the challenges for those of faith in Nigeria.
“In this regard when uncritical attention is afforded to critics with dubious intentions, it only becomes harder for both the government and people of Nigeria to engage in constructive dialogue to resolve our differences, and uphold what is enshrined in our constitution and laws: that everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
“In concert with our American and British allies, Nigeria’s military have pushed back the terrorists and largely reduced their capacity over the last five years compared to the previous decade.
“Boko Haram have targeted Christians and Churches specifically because they know it drives forward religious and land tensions already existent in the country. Similarly, they attack mosques and Muslims in order to issue the threat: radicalise, or become targets yourselves.”
Shehu said while the government is increasing efforts “to fully defeat and finally finish Boko Haram”, it has not stopped seeking to negotiate for those held captive by the insurgents.
According to him, under the leadership of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, there are efforts to unite the country through dialogue as regards religious differences.
“The president and government have and will at all times work with those – both within and without Nigeria – with a concern for the rights to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” he said.
“In this regard, we look forward to welcoming members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group to our country to see for themselves the work that is going on to promote these fundamental rights of our citizens.”
Some Western diplomats on Friday warned that with the current and abysmal way the Nigerian Government was handling the Coronavirus outbreak, the number of infections could witness a significant rise in the coming weeks.
Already, Nigeria has 81 confirmed cases and one recorded death of the pandemic.
According to the diplomatic community, infections could rise to more than 10,000 in the coming weeks as there are at least 5,000 persons, who had come in contact with infected persons in Nigeria already.
This category of persons, it was gathered, had gone ahead to mingle with thousands of others in the society without realising that they had the virus.
“This is the real danger. A lot of people who have had contacts with original carriers of the virus don’t even know they have the ailment and have in fact gone ahead to mingle with hundreds and thousands of others in the society, spreading the virus further.
“From information we have in the diplomatic community, there could be an explosion of confirmed infections in the coming weeks. It is going to disrupt a lot of things,” a senior diplomat attached to one European high commission in Nigeria told SaharaReporters on Friday.
Echoing the same sentiment, another diplomat, whose country has provided technical support to African nations battling the spread of the virus, said the situation in Nigeria was dire because the number of untested infections far outweighed those examined by government agencies.
So far, only around 200 persons have been tested for Coronavirus in Nigeria due to the unavailability of testing kits.
Though Chinese billionaire, Jack Ma, has donated testing kits and protective items to Nigeria and other African countries to help combat the virus, hundreds of potentially infected persons are yet to be examined in Nigeria, increasing the risk of an epidemic in the West African state.
“We could be having tens of thousands of confirmed cases across Nigeria in a few days from now.
“There are thousands of people with the virus already on the loose in the country and many of this people cannot be traced. They have taken this pandemic into every nook and cranny of this country.
“I think Nigeria must act fast to avert a full-blown war,” the diplomat said on Friday, adding that Western countries will continue to provide technical support to help Africa and the rest of the world conquer the virus.
Already, there have been reported cases of people being asked to self-isolate after reporting to health agencies of having symptoms of the virus.
Without proper monitoring and stringent measures to ensure such persons do not expose others to infection in case they have the virus, thousands of individuals in this category have gone on with their daily activities and opened up the chance of an epidemic in the country.
Unwilling to take chances, some Western countries are already evacuating their citizens from Nigeria and other African countries.
For example, an Air France flight on Thursday moved 260 Europeans from Nigeria to France to prevent them from being infected with the virus.
This came after the Nigerian Government granted a one-week permission to Air France and KLM to evacuate Europeans from the country following the continued spread of the pandemic.
Also on Thursday, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms. Catriona Laing CB, said the mission was exploring available options to send staff and their families back to the United Kingdom.
This was occasioned by projections by experts and top diplomats that the Coronavirus pandemic could explode in Nigeria and other African countries in the coming days.
But according to the World Health Organisation, Nigeria and other African countries battling the virus must conduct more tests to portray the true picture of things and avert a major crisis.
A top government source told SaharaReporters on Monday that Kyari has been seriously “down” since returning from a trip abroad.
Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, is said to be seriously ill and in fact suspected of being infected with Coronavirus.
A top government source told SaharaReporters on Monday that Kyari has been seriously “down” since returning from a trip abroad.
Kyari visited Germany and Egypt and only returned this week, giving credence to the fact that he may have indeed been infected with the virus.
Egypt has 327 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 14 deaths while Germany has 29,056 infections and 123 deaths.
Though coughing severely, Kyari is said to have been attending meetings including with Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, ministers and other members of the Federal Executive Council.
Executive Chairman of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Prof James Momoh, was said to have accompanied Kyari on the trip to both countries.
The latest development comes hours after a leaked memo showed Kyari telling Nigerian legislators, who recently returned from foreign trips, to submit themselves for Coronavirus test.
It also comes after Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria’s President, disclosed that one of her daughters was in self-isolation after returning from the United Kingdom, one of the high risk countries for the virus.
On Monday, Nigeria confirmed its first Coronavirus death after a former Managing Director of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Suleiman Achimugu, succumbed to the virus in Abuja.
Earlier, the Nigerian Center for Disease Control announced a total of 36 confirmed cases but with Kyari’s suspected infection, that figure may have now risen to 37. (SaharaReporters)
Femi Fani-Kayode has taken on president Mohammadu Buhari following a viral video of COVID-19 address on Sunday.
Though, majority of Nigerians displayed worry over Buhari’s silence over the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic, including Nigeria Lawmakers, urged he update on the efforts in place so far to put to an end to virus.
On Sunday, the media aides released a video containing message by the president addressed Nigerians on the need to take precautions while the government do the needful.
Chief Kayode in his reaction shared on his official Facebook page showed dissatisfaction on the president’s video message.
He said Nigerians were expecting president Buhari to touch on the Coronavirus and give reasons everyone should not nurse fears rather he spoke on different topic referred to as “COVIK ONE NINE PHIRUS “.
He argued why the president could not know the name of a virus facing every continent, blamed his media handlers.
…The DSS has now said that it received official letter of instruction from the Presidency dated July 5, 2019 upon which it acted to arrest Okolie.
The Department of State Services has said that the unlawful arrest and detention of a young Nigerian businessman based in Asaba, Delta State, Anthony Okolie, was ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Okolie was arrested at Asaba and later transferred to the DSS Headquarters in Abuja where he was unlawfully detained for at least 10 weeks for purchasing and using an MTN mobile telephone line previously used but abandoned by Hanan, President Buhari’s daughter.
Okolie, through his lawyer, has since sued the DSS, Hanan and MTN for the breach of his fundamental human rights.
He had earlier revealed that DSS officials informed him that Hanan ordered his arrest and that she was contacted three times to back up her claims but failed to show up, prompting the secret police to release the young businessman.
But in twist of events, the DSS has now said that it received official letter of instruction from the Presidency dated July 5, 2019 upon which it acted to arrest Okolie.
In an affidavit deposed to at the Federal High Court, Asaba, where the case is being heard, the DSS said Okolie’s purchase and use of the MTN mobile telephone line formerly belonging to Hanan, was a “classified national security issue” upon which basis the security outfit had no option than to arrest Okolie.
Reacting to the latest development, Okolie’s lawyer, Tope Akinyode, National President of Revolutionary Lawyer’s Forum, said, “The Nigerian constitution made no provision of any kind for first family and the involvement of the Presidency in the matter was a disgraceful deployment of state apparatus for personal gains.”
Meanwhile telecommunications company, MTN, has argued that it did not transfer absolute right of ownership of the SIM card to Okolie because it was a national asset, which cannot be personalised.
The matter is scheduled to come up on March 3 before Justice Nnamdi Dimgba for hearing. (Sahara Reporters)
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council (OYC) worldwide has taken a swipe at the the Senator representing Abia South, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe for calling for President Buhari’s resignation over insecurity in Nigeria, saying Buhari alone is not to be held responsible over the spate of insecurity in the country.
OYC in a statement signed by the President General Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and the Secretary General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike made available to ABN TV, expressed surprise that Sen. Abaribe whom they said only empowered his constituents l in 2015 with few free ambulance vehicles for those that died out of hunger and frustration and lotto bet for the youths could be the one to make such call.
The group also applauded South East governors for moves to establish regional security outfit, saying it will check incessant killing, kidnapping, raping and other nefarious activities of bandits in the region.
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Insecurity: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Laud Southeast Governors on Regional Security Outfit…. Mourn Dr Arthur Nwankwo….. Buhari May not Sack Service chiefs
(1) Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide Laud the Courageous but Well Conceived idea of South East Governors forum led by Gov Dave Umahi to listen to the Suggestions of OYC and others to float the South East Regional Security Outfit, it’s Timely,a right peg in the right hole, Igbo Youths went agog, received the cheering news as the best measures to get rid of Insecurity challenges emanating from Nefarious activities of herdsmen thriving in the absence of joint co ordination of Security Outfit for the South East, Individual State Owned Security Outfits was restricted by State boundaries, and made it difficult in curbing inter and intra State Crimes comitted by Miscreants, Kidnappers, Bandits and Herdsmen, the incessant Crimes committed during farming seasons especially rape victims mostly Igbo Mothers will be reduced drastically, OYC Urge the South East Governors to inculcate all Stakeholders across-the-board into The regional Security Outfit, as we believe that Amotekun was copied from the Original ideas of South East Security Outfit which was designed by South East Governors, like Amotekun, South West Governors Unleash their Ethnic Militia OPC, OYC advocates the inclusion of Igbo militia, Ebonyi Neighborhood Watch, Enugu Forest Guards, Abia Homeland Security Outfit, Dreaded Bakassi Boys, with the Cordial relationship existing between President Muhammadu Buhari and South East Governors, South East Regional Security Outfit will be a smooth sail, to Get Presidential endorsement of the project which is only intelligence gathering for the Federal Security Agents to curb crime.
(2) OYC frown at the high rate of Insecurity Challenges facing Nigeria and call For the establishment of Regional Security Outfits to Curb insecurity challenges in Various Regions, and it’s the Primary Responsibility of all Governments at All levels to guarantee Security of lives and Properties of her Citizenry, failure of Governance and lack of Commitment to Secure Lives and Properties of Nigerians, are the collective failure of all political Class,If LGA Chairmen do the needful,if Senators and Reps bring Home their Constituency Projects without diverting it for personal gains, President Muhammadu Buhari should not be blamed alone,all politicians are involved,those calling for Buhari’s resignation,had equally failed their Constituency, it’s on record that the Senator only empowered his Constituency in 2015 with Few Free Ambulance Vehicles for those that died out of hunger and frustration and Lotto Bet for the Youths, OYC May lead the moves to recall non performing Igbo Senators, Rather than getting dividends of Democracy to their Constituencies, they only attract Hatred and Enemity to their Constituencies, the manner of by Which National Assembly Communicated to President Muhammadu Buhari to Sack Service Chiefs was Provocative and We Doubt if President Muhammadu Buhari will Listen to Such Advice under these Circumstances, President Buhari should Change Strategy and do the needful as soon as possible.
(3) OYC Mourn with deep regret, the Demise of Dr Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo,He was a Mentor, philosopher par Excellence, and a Courageous but brave Igbo Leader, whose wealth of knowledge was a compass to millions of Igbo Youths to navigate through most turbulent times and Conquer, Igbo Nation had lost one the few Igbo leaders with Conscience and fearless to speak the truth to Power…adieu Agwuncha,May God grant Your family and Ndigbo the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss.
Mazi okechukwu isiguzoro President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide
Mazi Okwu Nnabuike Secretary General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide